Boletin de la Sociedad Geologica Mexicana, Volume (67), No (1), Year (2015-3) , Pages (59-73)

Title : ( Foraminiferal paleoecology and paleoenvironmental reconstructions of the lower Miocene deposits of the Qom Formation in Northeastern Isfahan, Central Iran )

Authors: maryam nouradini , Seyed Hamidreza Azami , Mostafa Hamad , Mehdi Yazdi , Ali reza Ashouri ,

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The early Miocene Qom Formation is exposed in the Bagh section, northeast Isfahan, Central Iran, where it unconformably overlies Oligocene deposits and is unconformably overlain by the Upper Red Formation. The formation is mainly represented by carbonate deposits (marl, marly limestone facies) and subordinate siliciclastic facies. The planktonic foraminiferal biostratigraphical analysis led to recognition of two main planktonic foraminiferal zones: 1. the Globigerinoides primordius Zone in the lowermost part of the section indicating early Miocene (Aquitanian) and 2. the Globigerinoides trilobus Zone in the upper most part of the Qom Formation of Burdigalian age (early Miocene). Composition and abundance of benthic and planktonic foraminifers were examined for paleoenvironment reconstruction and paleoecology. The Q-mode cluster analysis performed on the benthic foraminifers led us subdivided the section into three distinct benthic foraminiferal clusters: I. the Cibicidoides ungerianus cluster in the lower part of succession, indicating predominantly inner neritic environments; II. the Lenticulina orbicularis cluster in the middle part of section, indicative of middle-outer neritic environments, and III. the Elphidium-Amphistegina cluster recorded in the upper part of the formation and characterizing a typical outer neritic environment. The planktonic foraminifers are interspersed in the upper part of the section with relatively low diversity, indicating open marine shelf segments, whereas the lower part of the section is characterized by an abundance of benthic foraminifers. As a point to consider for paleoecology and paleoenvironment, abundant although with low diversity benthic foraminifera with small tests, and calculated data based on these clusters are indicative of high nutrient and high oxygen environment with normal marine salinity during the early Miocene at the Bagh section.

Keywords

, Aquitanian, Burdigalian, benthic foraminifera, paleoenvironmental
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@article{paperid:1055269,
author = {Nouradini, Maryam and Seyed Hamidreza Azami and Mostafa Hamad and Mehdi Yazdi and Ashouri, Ali Reza},
title = {Foraminiferal paleoecology and paleoenvironmental reconstructions of the lower Miocene deposits of the Qom Formation in Northeastern Isfahan, Central Iran},
journal = {Boletin de la Sociedad Geologica Mexicana},
year = {2015},
volume = {67},
number = {1},
month = {March},
issn = {1405-3322},
pages = {59--73},
numpages = {14},
keywords = {Aquitanian; Burdigalian; benthic foraminifera; paleoenvironmental condition},
}

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%0 Journal Article
%T Foraminiferal paleoecology and paleoenvironmental reconstructions of the lower Miocene deposits of the Qom Formation in Northeastern Isfahan, Central Iran
%A Nouradini, Maryam
%A Seyed Hamidreza Azami
%A Mostafa Hamad
%A Mehdi Yazdi
%A Ashouri, Ali Reza
%J Boletin de la Sociedad Geologica Mexicana
%@ 1405-3322
%D 2015

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